Ted Ligety produced a blistering finish Wednesday to win the Super-G at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, his first career...
Ligety wins Super-G world title
Ted Ligety produced a blistering finish Wednesday to win the Super-G at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, his first career victory in the discipline.
The American took risks in the final section of the Planai course to win in 1 minute, 23.96 seconds.
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Gauthier De Tessieres of France was 0.20 back in second. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who won three of the four World Cup Super-G’s this season, was another 0.02 back in third. Defending champion Christof Innerhofer of Italy finished 1.09 off the pace.
“Today was unbelievable,” said Ligety, who was the 10th starter. “It was a nerve-wracking 30 minutes, waiting for all the favorites to come down. (To) finally see (Svindal) come down right behind me was a huge weight off my shoulders.”
Ligety made a Super-G podium only once before, finishing second in a World Cup race at Val d’Isere, France, in 2009. This season, he had finished fourth in two races.
The gold is his second medal from a world championship. Two years ago, he won the giant slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
It was the second medal in two days for the U.S. ski team, one day after Julia Mancuso took third in the women’s Super-G.
Vonn to have surgery
Lindsey Vonn plans to compete in the Sochi Winter Olympics despite tearing two ligaments in her right knee and breaking a bone in her lower leg in a crash at the world championships.
“I am grateful to my fans for the outpouring of support, which has really helped me stay positive,” Vonn said in a statement one day after her crash. “I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi.”
The Olympic downhill champion will have surgery next week at home in Vail, Colo. Because of intense media attention, neither she nor the U.S. ski team would say when she’s leaving Austria.
Giants release Bradshaw
The New York Giants continued their roster purge after missing the playoffs, cutting leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty.
The salary cap-saving moves came one day after New York let starting weakside linebacker Michael Boley go after four seasons. The Giants also waived defensive tackle Martin Parker, who spent this past season on injured reserve with a back injury.
Bradshaw, Canty and Boley were all veterans who contributed to the Giants’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots a year ago, but they all had big contracts and battled injuries.
Bradshaw, who has had knee and ankle injuries, was to earn $4.25 million. He became expendable with the play of rookie David Wilson. Canty, who had knee issues with the Giants after never missing a game with Dallas, was to earn $6.5 million next season. Boley, who had shoulder and hamstring injuries last season, was to make $4 million.
The biggest surprise might have been the release of Bradshaw, 26, who was one of the emotional leaders of the team and played on two Super Bowl championship teams with the Giants.
Helton charged with DUI
Colorado Rockies star first baseman Todd Helton, 39, was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Denver suburb of Thornton and charged with drunken driving and careless driving.
In a statement released by the Rockies, the five-time All-Star said he’s embarrassed and apologized to his family, the team and the community.
“I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously,” he said, adding, “I humbly ask your forgiveness.”
Rare card gets $92,000
A rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a rural Maine yard sale has been auctioned for $92,000. Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford, Maine, held an auction that included a card depicting the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club. The name of the buyer, who was at the auction house, was not released.
Nadal wins singles match
After being away from singles tennis for more than seven months while getting therapy on his left knee, Rafael Nadal of Spain beat Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the VTR Open in Vina del Mar, Chile.
Report: Armstrong faces another federal investigation
Federal agents are actively investigating Lance Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation, ABC-TV reported.
Separately, Armstrong was given two more weeks to think about whether he wants to cooperate with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
He also learned that SCA Promotions in Dallas will sue him to recover more than $12 million it paid him in bonuses for winning the Tour de France seven times.
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